Tropical Cyclone Yasi reached the coast of Australia late
Wednesday night. The category 5 storm began moving up the northeast coast of
the state of Queensland. Yasi is expected to bring heavy rain and 143 mph
Queensland's Premier, Anna Bligh, warned residents that
it will be “a tough 24 hours.” “They need to prepare for the worst case
scenario, and that might mean they have to be self-sufficient for a couple of
days. We will do everything in our power to minimize the time people are
without assistance, but that may not be in our control,” she said.
Many areas were evacuated ahead of the storm. Queensland
Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart urged others to consider making their
way to safer areas while they still can. "This is a life-threatening
storm, and people need to understand that they have a final window of
opportunity to self-evacuate," he said.
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard told reporters
yesterday that the Defense Force will help in the aftermath of the storm. “As
the cyclone passes through and the hours that follow afterwards, arrangements
are already being made to make available assets from our Australian Defense
Force,” she said.
Yasi comes just weeks after Queensland was ravaged by
severe flooding that left more than 20 people dead and thousands of homes
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